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Early Wrist Hinge

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Has anyone had any experience using the early wrist hinge swing?

What is it supposed to do for your golf game?
Does it help with consistency?

Any other details are very helpful!

Thanks!
post #2 of 12

Re: Early Wrist Hinge

I tried the early wrist hinge after reading Dante's "Four Magic Moves." It seemed to work well for me, however my Golftec instructor opposed this method and instead, promoted a naturally set wrist. After asking why, he claimed that golfers that actively set their wrists during the back swing tend to start down from the top with active wrists as well. Thus, releasing too soon.

At first, I preferred the early wrist set move as it helped me achieve the wrist cock angle that I desired, and I think it worked for me because I had too much tension in my arms. But over time, I've substantially reduced my arm tension and agree that the natural set is now the way to go for my type of body swing. I simply rotate back with the shoulders until my arms are about level with the ground. I allow the club head's momentum to carry my shoulders back to near 90° and set the club shaft a few degrees above level with the ground. I then rotate forward with my shoulders and without any hand or wrist action.
post #3 of 12

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i'm a fan...i realized a lot of my inconsistencies in my iron shots were due to inconsistent wrists from swing to swing. it is a lot easier to control the wrist hinge closer to your body and in front of you than it is when your arms are behind you. also i believe it helps me be a more controlled and consistent in my take away. i've found that it lets me put more pressure on the ball, and i've been hitting my irons a club further and higher than before. with woods its been a bit more of a challenge as far as the timing of the release so that i can get the ball on the release rather than hitting down on it like and iron
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Re: Early Wrist Hinge

Originally Posted by Golfman91 View Post
Has anyone had any experience using the early wrist hinge swing?

What is it supposed to do for your golf game?
Does it help with consistency?

Any other details are very helpful!

Thanks!
I just started doing this over the summer and saw some nice improvement in my ball striking. It is an easier swing for me. My thought is to create V with the shaft and my arm early in my swing. Then turn back and turn down. It actually is easier for me to turn shoulders back and through. Sort of wrist early and then just swing.
post #5 of 12

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It is always a safe method to return to when I start to see inconsistent ball striking.
I learnt this soon after I started golfing. I now realize that correctly and timely setting your right wrist helps sync'ng shoulders, arms and hands from backing swing to through swing.
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I used to do it and hit my irons fine, then got away from it for a while and my irons went down the drain. Went back to it recently and my irons were much better again.

I don't know why but i feel like it helps me stay on plane.
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Just a warning about early wrist hinging. You need to monitor that when you do it, you keep the club in front of your chest and don't inadvertently use the left wrist to pull the club too much to the inside in the process of cocking the wrist. The feel is almost the same as the correct move, so it is difficult to distinguish which you are really doing without video. This move will produce a looping inside takeaway and a cupped left wrist, and is a really difficult position to recover from from the downswing.

Nothing wrong with early wrist hinge for many people. Just don't overdo it. I personally have very flexible wrists, so for me, it's a death sentence. I end up whipping the club from the start, looping it inside, and then throwing it from the top. You'll have to figure out which way is best for your swing.

Models for Early Wrist Hinge: Nick Faldo, Ernie Els
Models for Late Wrist Hinge: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods
post #8 of 12

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Toyed around with it briefly, but early hinge usually led to early release. Although when it worked I really hit some crisp iron shots, generates way too much spin though, couldn't control it. Not too mention I needed a bulldozer to replace some of the divots I was taking.
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Re: Early Wrist Hinge

Originally Posted by Golfman91 View Post
Has anyone had any experience using the early wrist hinge swing?

What is it supposed to do for your golf game?
Does it help with consistency?

Any other details are very helpful!

Thanks!
Here is what you should see when you make the early backward wrist break perfectly - only one knuckle of the left hand but two knuckles of the right.



The closer you bring this motivating force to the axis of the swing (the spinal column) the better the swing will be.

Learn how one simple "magic move" (which you can easily feed into your current swing in just 7 minutes, even if you stink at the game right now) instantly uncorks so much hidden raw power, balance and accuracy... That you can go out tomorrow and launch a pin-point 230-yard tee shot with a 3-wood...From your knees!
post #10 of 12

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I used to do the early wrist hinge, this last year I have changed to the later, natural wrist hinge and it helps me stay on plane, hit from the inside on the downswing and I've gained yards.

I found when I'd intentionally cock my wrists I would cup my left wrist leaving the clubface wide open, and it was hard to get it back to square all the time(inconsistant). Just didn't work for me.
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Re: Early Wrist Hinge

Originally Posted by lynchjo View Post
Here is what you should see when you make the early backward wrist break perfectly - only one knuckle of the left hand but two knuckles of the right.



The closer you bring this motivating force to the axis of the swing (the spinal column) the better the swing will be.

Learn how one simple "magic move" (which you can easily feed into your current swing in just 7 minutes, even if you stink at the game right now) instantly uncorks so much hidden raw power, balance and accuracy... That you can go out tomorrow and launch a pin-point 230-yard tee shot with a 3-wood...From your knees!
It appears "Monitor" has finally defeated "Merrimack"!
post #12 of 12

Hey guys,

 

I'm reviving an old thread instead of creating my own.  I recently came into this, actually on my own.  I noticed my brother did this, and he is a pretty good ball striker.

 

What are your thoughts on this?
 

I believe I am having consistency issues due to my wrists breaking at different points during the backswing, effecting how the club is at impact.  This is likely due to small variations in my swing speed.

 

I found that an early wrist hinge gave me more consistency when striking the ball.  However, I also felt as though my arms were much more engaged and active.  Not sure if I am releasing early or not, but I don't think it's been a noticeable difference.  I figure instead of trying to perfectly slow down my speed to the lowest common denominator, if I use this method, I can get good strikes constantly.

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